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Robert T. Belden gives his local picks

Just because your last name is Belden doesn’t mean you will one day work for The Belden Brick Co. “There are many, many Beldens,” said Robert T. Belden, a fifth-generation descendant of Henry S. Belden, who began Belden Brick with four associates in 1885.

Cozy at home

Looking for new furniture? Look no further than Casey’s Countryside Furniture in Jackson Township. Find quality furniture from more than 30 brands with everyday low, discounted prices, plus free delivery and helpful salespeople. No pushy staff here. So stop in, browse and take time to find the perfect piece of furniture for your home.

Antiques & apparel

Step inside Victorian Rose Apparel and Gifts and find stunning gifts of fine china sets, linens, beautiful pictures and breathtaking furniture and furnishings as well as a wide array of women’s casual to dress clothing, outerwear, unique shoes and boots, accessories, scarves and statement jewelry to take any outfit to the next level.

How to get over your fear of the dentist

Almost half of American adults have at least moderate fears about going to the dentist, and 5 to 10 percent have told researchers that they avoid dental care as a result. The obvious consequences are increased cavities, bad breath and periodontal disease, but secondary consequences are broader: Decayed or missing teeth have a negative effect on self-esteem and employability.

The downside to drinking flavored water

If sipping flavored water keeps you going throughout the day, I am sorry to burst your bubble. I know you are trying to do the right thing, staying hydrated and avoiding sugar and additives from sodas and other soft drinks. And the variety of fun new flavors on the market make otherwise boring water exciting to drink. If you are hooked, you are not alone.

Lesser-known threats to the pearly whiteness of your dazzling smile

As Alisa Hrustic points out on womenshealthmag.com, most of us know that coffee, red wine and soy sauce are among the consumables that, over time, can make your teeth less than sparkling white. But she asks cosmetic dentists Nancy Rosen of New York and Karoush Maddahi of Beverly Hills about other “sneaky teeth-stainers.”

Bird’s Nest Furniture: Eclectic and stylish finds

Walking into the Bird’s Nest Furniture is like stepping into another world. A well-appointed, eclectic and stylish world. The store at 4718 Everhard Road NW specializes in furniture constructed from recycled wood, and reconfigured and rescued materials from India, along with antiques, home décor items and unusual light fixtures.